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Lamptron FC10 Review reported at 12:12 PM
category: Monitor Coolers     website: DarkVision Hardware
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Lamptron's FC-10 is probably one of the most unique fan controller on the market, the Nixie tubes are definitely a major selling point over typical fan controllers with knobs and LCD displays. The device looks awesome and will look very good in mods with a steampunkish theme. My biggest gripe with the product is the awful remote, it feels very unresponsive and more often than not you have to keep pressing the button for at least a full second or the device doesn't react all.
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AMD Radeon R9 290 Review reported at 12:01 PM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: eTeknix.com
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AMD’s R9 290 retains nearly all of what’s great about the R9 290X, and for a cheaper price. For that lower price you lose very little, only around 5-7.5% of the performance, while all the other great features are still present – such as the new PowerTune functionality, the end of needing a CrossFire bridge and a hefty 4GB of GDDR5. With the R9 290 AMD has an extremely high-end graphics card which is unmatched at its price point. The stock cooler still disappoints, but also in a strange way excites, because we know the R9 290 has so much more to give. We look forward to seeing what AMD’s partners can offer in the way of innovative cooling and PCB designs, and when we see “proper” overclocking capable custom R9 290 graphics cards hit the market – they are going to be EPIC!
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be quiet Pure Power CM L8 Review reported at 12:01 PM
category: Power Supplies     website: ocaholic
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Be quiet! has combined a nice and decent design with decent level of manufacturing quality. The parts, which are used to build this unit are quite good, if you keep their low price in mind. Because of the use of cheap Taiwanese Teapo capacitors we however do not recommend this device for applications which require high reliability or an extremely long lifespan.
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Cooler Master CM 690 III Review (German) reported at 12:00 PM
category: Computer Cases/Enclosures     website: Technic3D
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AMD Radeon R9 290 Review (German) reported at 11:56 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hard Tecs 4U
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AMD Radeon R9 290 Review reported at 11:48 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Hardware.Info
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Not even the most avid Nvidia fanboy can deny the outstanding value you get with the Radeon R9 290. There is a slight trade-off, however, and that's the noise level of the 290. AMD's GPU gets hotter than Nvidia's at the same level of performance, and therefore requires more cooling which produces more noise. AMD had to boost the performance of the 290 in order to get that type of performance with fewer shader units than in the 290X.
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AMD Radeon R9 290 Review (French) reported at 11:47 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Cowcotland
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PowerColor Radeon R9 290X OC Review reported at 11:46 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: Overclockers Club
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As a reference card the R9 290X OC from PowerColor delivers great performance at a great price point for that performance, but the bugs and issues have to be addressed to bring its stock up. We look forward to checking out PowerColor's non-reference cards (LCS versions) to see how they fare against these hot temps and noise.
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Samsung 840 EVO Review reported at 11:39 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: PureOverclock.com
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Outstanding combination of features, innovation, performance, and price.
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AMD Radeon R9 290 Review reported at 11:39 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: TechSpot
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Along with looking great against AMD's own lineup, the R9 290 holds strong against Nvidia, which is now charging $330 for the GTX 770 and $500 for the GTX 780. The R9 290 is 21% pricier and 29% faster than the former as well as 20% cheaper and 8% quicker than the latter, offering the best value of any $300 to $500+ graphics card available right now -- and enough performance to play Battlefield 4 on ultra quality at 2560x1600.
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AMD Radeon R9 290 Review reported at 11:34 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: PC Perspective
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AMD has definitely gone on the warpath with the Radeon R9 290 4GB graphics card. Seemingly going straight for the juggular of NVIDIA, the R9 290 is able to perform better than a GeForce GTX 780 for $100 less (which seems like deja vu from last month) while at the same time willing to undercut its own flagship to nearly make it irrelevant to anyone other than those that have the temerity to demand ONLY the best at any cost.
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AMD Radeon R9 290 Review reported at 11:24 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: HardwareCanucks
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Sometimes, being an early adopter isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Proud owners of the R9 290X will probably know exactly what we’re talking about since their new purchase has nearly been matched by a card that is much more affordable and can overclock quite well. This is nonetheless great news for gamers who can now buy a $399 R9 290 that has no problem competing against NVIDIA cards that cost upwards of $649 just a few weeks ago. The amount of value on tap here is simply astounding provided you’re willing to put up with higher noise, heat and power consumption.
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AMD Radeon R9 290 Review reported at 11:23 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: KitGuru
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A fantastic, high value for money proposition, but we advise our audience to wait on custom cooled versions of the hardware before parting with the cash.
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AMD Radeon R9 290 Review reported at 11:17 AM
category: Game Accelerator Cards     website: techPowerUp!
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Not convinced right now if the card is worth it? Then you'll be sold after hearing the price. AMD is selling their R9 290 reference design for just $399, a cool $150 cheaper than the R9 290X and just a little bit slower. NVIDIA's GTX 780, which has seen a price drop down to $500 last week suddenly looks really expensive, but it does run cooler and quieter; not sure if that's worth the extra $100. Right now, the R9 290 has the best price/performance ratio in the segment, and just like with the R9 290X, its price helps me overlook its shortcomings in regards to power, heat, and noise. The card is really noisy, though, making this a really tough decision indeed. I have very high hopes for cards with custom coolers that reduce noise levels considerably.
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Gigabyte Force K7 Review reported at 10:55 AM
category: Keyboards     website: APH Networks
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The Gigabyte Force K7 is a decent backlit laptop-like keyboard that you can enjoy using for office work every day, and can still take on a game or two during break time.
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Noctua NH-L9i Review reported at 10:54 AM
category: CPU Coolers     website: Frosty Tech
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Ultimately, Noctua's 36mm tall NH-L9i heatsink offers excellent cooling performance among the half-dozen sub-45mm low profile CPU coolers Frostytech as tested. For the sake of easy comparison, the Evercool HPL-815 posts slightly lower temps at 150W/full fan speed, but with a large noise penalty. Overall, the Noctua NH-L9i is the better heatsink of the two for two reasons; it may be 2-3°C warmer in our test scenario at full fan speed, but it's nearly 7dBA quieter, and at low fan speed the NH-L9i is 21.5°C cooler than Evercool's low profile heatsink! In fact, at low fan speed, the NH-L9i is roughly 25-35°C cooler than all five other sub-45mm low profile heatsinks in the heatsink reference chart. Given the choice between a Evercool HPL-815, Scythe Kozuti, Thermolab TLI-U, Silverstone NT07-775 and Zalman CNPS2X, the Noctua NH-L9i is our recommendation.
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Western Digital Red Review reported at 10:42 AM
category: SATA Hard Drives     website: eTeknix.com
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Years of experience has made Western Digital one of the leading manufacturers in desktop and enterprise storage. Their Red line of drives have also proven that they are willing to give the general consumer a drive with enterprise level features and with a new set of 2.5″ drives to now add to their portfolio, its clear they will cover every angle to cater for the consumers growing needs.
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